Emma Power

I am an urban cultural geographer in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.

My research develops two key strands of work around the politics of care and housing security, and the interconnections between housing governance and cultures of home. This work is guided by concerns about the implications of growing housing inequity and declining homeownership as a pillar of the social welfare system in western liberal welfare states.

Current work uses theories of care to ask questions about the social value and work of housing. Work in development is theorising infrastructures of care and caring capacity. My ARC DECRA fellowship ‘Ageing, Home and Housing Security Among Single, Asset-poor Older Women‘ investigates how housing policy and governance, and ongoing housing mobility, inform how single older women who do not own a home create and maintain a sense of home and security. The project asks how older women can find housing security and a house that is a home.

I am Editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy and co-founder of the Housing Journal Podcast.

I hold an Honours degree in Social Science, Graduate Diploma in Education and PhD in Human Geography. I served as Vice President of the Geographical Society of NSW (2012-2016) and Board Member at the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales (2012-2016).

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